Less than a week after beating Pinewood Christian at home, Frederica boys basketball was bounced from region championship contention when the Patriots edged out the Knights 60-56.
Frederica guard Jaylin Simpson fouled out midway through the game and Jack O’Hara took over at point guard. O’Hara finished as the team’s leading scorer with 21 points on five three pointers, but the Knights fell a couple possessions short.
“(Pinewood) executed, got on 50/50 balls and offensive rebounds, and I think our guys were too over-confident because we beat them so badly at our place,” head coach Carl Nash said.
Frederica will try to salvage a No. 3 seed in the state tournament when they play the winner of Trinity Christian and tournament host Bulloch Academy today at 5:30 p.m.
Trinity 43, Frederica 36
Lady Knights head coach Sarah Helder said he team started Thursday’s region tournament semifinal with a hesitant mindset and she sensed some anxiety when her team missed three open put backs at the beginning of the game.
The Lady Knights went down by 11 points at halftime, and couldn’t compose a run strong enough to retake the lead. Frederica’s 43-36 loss means they Lady Knights will play the winner of the game between Bulloch Academy and Pinewood Christian for a No. 3 seed in state today at 4 p.m.
Jada Scott and Aubry Maulden each had 10 points. The Lady Knights mounted an three-quarter comeback, outscoring Trinity 13-5 in the period.
Down by two with 45 seconds left, Trinity shot perfectly for its final six free throws to close out the game.
The Glynn Academy boys and girls tennis teams started the season with a pair of wins this past weekend in Dublin, only losing one of 20 matches played.
The Lady Terrors swept Bleckley County and West Laurens 5-0 each. Sarah Murray (No. 1 singles), Emma Hidalgo (No. 2 singles) and LeAnna Wood (No. 3 singles) all won their matches without giving up a set.
Matches were a little bit closer in doubles, but the No. 1 team of Eliana Paga and Ansley Moody and the No. 2 team of Yanin Reinholz and Curry Hartman won all of their matches, also.
The Glynn boys did lose one match in the opening weekend, but still managed to defeat West Laurens 4-1 and sweep Bleckley 5-0.
In singles, No. 1 Cole Paschal and No. 2 Danny Moore won both of their matches. Paschal and Moore won their matches against Bleckley without dropping a single game.
No. 3 singles player Stephen Thompson lost a tough three-setter against West Laurens, but only gave up two games in defeating his counterpart from Bleckley.
The No. 1 doubles team of Matt Hartnett and Ben McKenzie won both of their matches in straight sets. The No. 2 doubles swapped up teams between matches with Sheldon Barber and Joe Sousa rallying after dropping the first set to beat Bleckley. Barber and Jackson Warner teamed up to win in straight sets against West Laurens.
On Thursday, Glynn Academy pitted a majority junior varsity lineup against Frederica Academy’s varsity squad with the GA boys and girls both winning 5-0.
The highlight of the match was at No. 1 singles, which featured two of the best tennis players in the Southeast Georgia in Paschal and Frederica’s Alastair Campbell, who was the GISA Class 3A state individual tournament runner-up last season.
Campbell won the first set 6-2 but Paschal rallied to win the last two 6-3, 6-4 in what Rooks described as a great match.
Also picking up wins in prorated sets were Jason Harden and Connor Jones in singles and the doubles teams of Warner and Christian Molloy, and Vassa Cate and Blaine Clarke.
In the girls matchup, Glynn got singles win from Reinholz, Florence Thompson and Hannah Martin, and doubles wins from Madden Robinson/Maizy Davenport and Hartman/Mallory Bradley.
The Brunswick High boys and girls tennis teams had a tough match Tuesday at Richmond Hill, with both losing 5-0.
Colby Griner, Jay Nochols and Chase Agad competed in singles for the boys and the teams of Quinn Melton/Levi Vashaw and Key Imperial/Daniel Hartman played doubles.
In the girls matchup, Logan Raines, Miracle Brennon and Kyamari Knowles played singles with the teams of Sheliah Dawson/Tamyia Mells and Lazzeria Goodwin/Shae Williams played doubles.
Brunswick High boys soccer is still searching for its first win after losing 4-3 at Ware County Wednesday.
In three games, the Pirate’s (0-3) goal deficit is three goals.
Tyrese Dixon found the back of the net on a cross form March Grovner in the first half, but Brunswick trailed 4-1 at halftime. Switching formations in the second half, the Pirates made up ground with goals from Grovner and Dixon, both assisted by Tevin Dixon.
“Once we got back into our normal formation we played well,” Brunswick coach Daniel Szokoly said.
Brunswick will match up at 0-1 Camden County today, looking to change its fortune.
Head coach Greg Sturm and the Lady Pirates are hitting their stride early in the season, improving to 4-0 with a 3-0 shutout against Ware County.
Emily Spence scored twice, first with a shot outside the 18-yard box then on a 25-yard free kick, Sturm said. Anja Bailey capped off the offensive effort with a header after Spence delivered a corner kick. Sturm also remarked goalkeeper Gracie Truluck and the back line we crucial to preserving the shutout.
Today’s opponent, the Lady Wildcats, are searching for their first victory.